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The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Veronica Kitusa
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Stored Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Latrine
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Hanging Clothes To Dry
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Handwashing Station And Latrine
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Kitchen Items
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Donkey Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Man Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Hauling Water Home
The Water Project: Ilinge Community D -  Fetching Water From Source

Project Status

Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  03/01/2019

Project Features

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This is the third year we have worked with Ilinge Community and the Mwanyani Self-Help Group. Two dams and two wells have been constructed, giving people access to safe water for drinking and a source for irrigating their crops.

However, many people still must walk more than a mile each way to access the new wells and benefit from the dams. So we plan to construct another well and dam to ensure that everyone has safe water nearby.

Go here to view previous projects in the community and see their progress over the past few years.

This self-help group is in the third year of our five-year development program. They were trained during the construction of their first successful sand dam, and have grown immensely since then. But there is still more work to be done, community members say.

“Typhoid is still prevalent because of the ignorance around drinking water treatment. Some of the households have not implemented the tippy taps, dish racks, pit latrine lids despite them having been trained,” Mr. Sebastian Mumo said.

“This is purely out of ignorance rather than the lack of knowledge.”

The sanitation conditions are poor, found our field officers. They need to boost the levels of hygiene in the area.

The community members do not wash their latrines often which is evident by the foul smell that is emitted from the latrines. Some of the homesteads we visited had tippy taps installed by their washrooms.

Boiling and chlorination are considered the most effective methods of water treatment by the members of this community, however, not all the members practice this habit as they perceive it as costly and they give it less attention.

These areas can improve with the trainers following up with community members in order for them to practice as they have been taught.

Having worked with the group before, they have shown resilience, commitment and the willingness to build another sand dam and well.

This type of intervention will provide the community with a solution to accessing clean water, it will reduce the distance they walk in order to access clean water as well as reduce the risks of contracting waterborne diseases and any other health issues that may arise.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Ilinge Community has been the Mwanyani Self-Help Group, which is comprised of farming households that are working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. These members will be our hands in feet in both constructing water projects and spreading the message of good hygiene and sanitation to everyone.


We’re going to continue training the self-help group members and their communities on hygiene and sanitation practices. Though our visits to households were encouraging, we want to ensure that community members are practicing the day to day habits we are not able to observe during our routine visits. Food hygiene, water hygiene, and treatment, personal hygiene and handwashing will all be a focus during our next review.

Sand Dam

Building this sand dam at a spot further down the river in Ilinge will bring water closer to hundreds of other people. After the community picked the spot, our technical team went in and proved the viability by finding a good foundation of bedrock. Now, our engineers are busy drawing up the blueprints. We estimate the dam will be 25.2 meters long and 5.6 meters high.

We are unified with this community to address the water shortage. As more sand dams are built, the environment will continue to transform. As the sand dams mature and build up more sand, the water tables will rise. Along with these sand dams, hand-dug wells (check out the hand-dug well being installed next to this dam) will be installed to give locals a good, safe way to access that water.

With these projects, clean water will be brought closer to people.

Project Updates

01/10/2019: Ilinge Community Sand Dam Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage in Ilinge Community still affects hundreds of people. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a nearby water system and much more.

Get to know this community through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!

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07/19/2018: Ilinge Community's Sand Dam Preparations

Everyone in Ilinge is excited about their new sand dam. Timing is very important as we ensure that everyone is ready for these big changes in their community, though. The field officers and local leaders have agreed that the right time for construction and training a bit later than we anticipated; everyone would like more time to prepare. We had previously scheduled this project for November but have modified that date to reflect the planning change made by the team. Thank you for standing with us as we continue work in Ilinge Community. We will let you know when actual construction work begins!

We’re always open to conversation about our process and are happy to answer your questions. And, if you get a notice like this – it’s actually further proof your gifts are being carefully used towards a water project that lasts.

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Project Photos

Project Type

Sand Dam

Seasonal streams (and the sand they carry) are trapped by dams, replenishing the water table and allowing for adjacent hand-dug wells. Almost completely led by community-supplied sweat and materials, and under the supervision of engineers, dams are strategically placed within those dry river-beds. The next time it rains, flood-waters are trapped.

With a sand dam, this trapped sand begins to hold millions of gallons of rainwater. Soon enough, sand reaches the top of the dam, allowing water to continue downstream – where it meets the next dam. The result? A regional water table is restored.


Project Sponsor - Barbara Belle Ash Dougan Foundation